Six Dots
 
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Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille
written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Sept. 2016
ISBN 978-0-449-81337-9, hardcover $17.99
ALA Schneider Family Book Award for young children
“ … a stirring portrait of innovation and determination.”
"Bryant’s title subtly emphasizes his creativity and celebrates him as an inventor, making this an excellent addition for STEM collections."
" … strikes a perfect balance between the seriousness of Braille’s life and the exuberance he projected out into the world."
“We, the blind, are as indebted to Louis Braille as mankind is to Gutenberg.” 
Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted most of all was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet—a whole new system of writing that could be read by touch.
“Braille deserves to be on everyone’s list of great inventors. [As a teenager] he managed to create a system of reading and writing that is still used today . . . no one so young has developed something that has had such a lasting and profound impact on so many people.”  
Watch this YouTube video for a brief overview of Braille’s life and his invention of the braille language. (Note—the video states correctly that Louis had an accident at age three, which led to his eventual blindness at age five.)
See and hear Teri Lesesne share her review of Six Dots during her unique book-talk "Road Trip" with Karin Perry.

Read Jen's latest Insights blog post for more about Six Dots.

Find out more about illustrator Boris Kulikov.

Download the book’s discussion guide.

Go to PBS Kids & author-illustrator Marc Brown’s
Braille Key and Instant Braille translator.

View archival photographs of Louis Braille’s home in Coupvray, France.

Enjoy this interview with Clara Martin on Twenty by Jenny.

Read this Q & A with Jules Danielson at Kirkus.

Order this book from Random House; Indie Bound; Amazon.com.

Download a sample of the braille alphabet from National Braille Press.

TeachingBooks.net audio clips

  Awards and Honors
ALA Schneider Family Book Award for young children
Junior Library Guild Selection

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
Publishers Weekly, starred review
School Library Journal, starred review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2016
Amazon Best Non-Fiction Books for Children 2017
Bank Street College of Education and Children’s Book Committee,
   Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2017* (*with Outstanding Merit)
Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2016
Children’s Book Council, “2017 Best STEM Books”
Children’s Book Review, Best New Picture Books, September 2016
Family Fun magazine recommends ...
Keystone to Reading Elem. Book Award, Intermediate List 2017-18
National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Books of 2016
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017
Society of Illustrator’s Original Art, 2016
2017 Texas Topaz Reading List
Waking Brain Cells
Top Ten Nonfiction Books 2016
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